by Kiho Park/ photographer

During my MFA studies in 2008-2010 at RISD, I started to document empty storefronts from the economic decline in the United States. The stores spoke with a poetic trace about the businesses that rushed to close their doors. These empty stores sat in vain, desperately looking for new occupancy. Unfortunately, the waiting was far longer than anyone expected. And these vacant buildings began to show premature signs of decay, which created the “dying urban landscapes.”